Martin Winterkorn has been charged by German prosecutors for his role in the diesel emissions testing scandal
James Attwood, digital editor
15 April 2019

Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has been charged with fraud by German prosecutors investigating the Dieselgate scandal, as have four other executives.

Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it fitted hundreds of thousands of diesel-engined cars with ‘defeat devices’ that allowed them to beat US emissions tests. The German firm was then forced to recall hundreds of thousands of cars.

Prosecutors in the city of Braunschweig investigating the scandal claim Winterkorn violated competition laws by not disclosing the manipulation of diesel engines and failing to prohibit the installation of further engines featuring the illegal software.

They also claim Winterkorn approved a software update, at a cost of 23 million (£19.8 million), that was “useless” but served to “continue obscuring” the use of the defeat device systems.

If found guilty, reports suggest Winterkorn faces between six months and 10 years in prison. The 71-year-old German was also charged with fraud by American prosecutors last year.

The four other unnamed Volkswagen executives have all been charged with a variety of fraud charges relating to the scandal. The Braunschweig prosecutors say the indictment covers 692 pages, with an additional 300 file volumes featuring 75,000 pages, to explain the charges.

Prosecutors are continuing to investigate 36 more defendants and have yet to decide whether to charge them.

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15 April 2019
He was not the only one in the Volkswagen who knew what was going on. Yet the poor pleb is the only one who is the firing line. Sweet selective justice.

jer

15 April 2019

Who screwed our economy for this and the next generation through leaving us indebted. They gamed the rules thats all to try to meet onerous regulations. Lets move on and stop criminalising people.

5 August 2019

From here, i have heard about this issue charged with former volkswagen CEO. The issue is diamonds rings for cheap on for his role in the diesel emission testing scandal. I have gone through the details shared here and keep up the good work.

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